Cricket Song Farm

Cricket Song Farm

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Making Saurerkraut

The Cabbage Family who lives at our farm

Harvest  firm solid heads of cabbage from the garden.  Wash thoroughly.

add 5 pounds of shredded cabbage,
3 tablespoons of salt
into a ceramic crock, food grade bucket, or a large glass jar;

Fit a clean plate and weight inside the container on top of the cabbage.  Press down firmly.  This weight will force the juices out of the cabbage.  Put a clean towel over the container.
Over the next 24 hours periodically press down on the weight forcing out the liquid.  If after a 24 hour period the juice does not cover the cabbage, add salt water
 (tsp. to 1 cup water) until it covers the cabbage entirely.
Place the container in a cool dark place for 2 to 6 weeks depending on your preference.
Skim off the film on top.  Taste.  The first couple of weeks it will taste tart and tangy, but will mellow the longer you leave it.  When it is to your liking, place in glass jars and refrigerate, or to keep it longer put in sterile jars and process.  Check a good canning book for instructions.
 Variations: Try adding shredded beets, carrots or apples to the cabbage.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner.......!
I will start at the beginning.  It has taken me over thirty years of struggling with Thyroid Disease, very low metabolism and weight issues to finally figure out this simple, extremely easy way to loose weight.  It all started when my medication was changed.  For a couple of years now the regular meds I have been on were discontinued.  A replacement was prescribed and it just didn't set well with me.  Over the course of a few short weeks, I had gained over 30 pounds!  There was nothing I could do.  I work hard, really hard all day long, milking, weeding, hauling things, digging holes, shoveling manure to haul to the gardens, etc. etc. and even though my calorie count was simply what I would eat out of the garden each day, I still couldn't loose weight.  Well, the manufactures of the medicine I usually take resumed manufacturing and I am happy to say I am feeling so much better and the weight is slowly coming off. 
But this very  morning I had a flash of inspiration and came up with the

You see, I am at an art festival this whole week.  I hooked on and drug my recently
see more photos here

to stay in.  I usually just eat fresh fruit and vegetables when I am camping and painting because I don't have a fridge, but with the colder weather coming in I thought I would get me something more substantial to stick to my ribs, just a bit in the early, cold mornings.  As I walked the isles of the grocery store, I purchased some oatmeal.  Generally we use the whole raw rolled oats when we make "SMUSH" as our family calls it.  Adding dried cranberries, or raisins, and just a dash of raw sugar, it makes an excellent breakfast.  I thought the box of oatmeal, individually packaged with dried blueberries would make a good, quick and easy breakfast. The next morning I got up early and lit the Colman camp stove, brought a kettle of water to a boil and poured the contents of the packet into a bowl.  It just didn't look right and there was an over abundant amount of sugar.  I needed to get to a designated area within a few minutes so I poured the water over top and let it sit for the specified amount of time.  It still didn't look right and it was very watery, I stirred it and let it sit a bit longer, but the water didn't absorb.  I poured off the excess water and begun to eat.  It was awful, grabbing my cup of water I washed down the mouthful and continued in this manner until I had eaten the whole bowl.  That's when it hit me.  I had just stumbled upon the

It's simple, fix and eat only the foods you don't like.  Take a mouthful and follow it with a large gulp of water to wash it down.  Continue in this manner until the food is gone.  
Here is why this works.
1.  If you have to eat foods you don't like, you will be likely to eat less.
2.  By gulping water in between mouthfuls, you will become full faster.
3.  Drinking all that water will hydrate your skin, flush the toxins from your body,
making you look 20 years younger......well, that may be a stretch.
And last but not least, you may even begin to like the foods you thought you didn't!

.........just to let you know, I absolutely LOVE broccoli,
I don't have a picture of LIVER, the one and only food I do not like.

Please consult with your doctor before following any advice, nonsense you might find in this blog!
The author will not be held responsible for your results.......results may vary,..... for instance, if you don't like cheese cake......well, that could be a problem!